Quarterback/tight Jordan Lee gets major playing time for Florida Gators

Tumbling TD: Chris Rainey holds on to a pass from John Brantley for a 40-yard touchdown that puts Florida up 21-0 2:48 into the second quarter. Rainey, playing for the second time since a seven-game suspension, also blocks two punts.

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Tumbling TD: Chris Rainey holds on to a pass from John Brantley for a 40-yard touchdown that puts Florida up 21-0 2:48 into the second quarter. Rainey, playing for the second time since a seven-game suspension, also blocks two punts.

NASHVILLE — When Florida coach Urban Meyer said Jordan Reed would "get a little playing time this week," even Reed didn't know just how significant that statement was.

After starting the season making the conversion from quarterback to tight end, the redshirt freshman was a dual threat, playing all but the first series and the final play of the second half in the 55-14 victory over Vanderbilt.

He also played "about 10 snaps" at tight end.

Reed's first pass became his first career touchdown pass, a 31-yarder to Deonte Thompson. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has now thrown for a touchdown, rushed for one (against LSU) and caught one (USF), becoming the first Gator to do so in one season since Tampa native Andre Caldwell in 2006.

"I have a lot of trust (in Thompson)," said Reed, who was 11-of-19 for 120 yards, an interception and the touchdown and ran 16 times for a team-high 84 yards. "I can throw it to him any type of way. It doesn't matter. He's coming down with it. That gave me a little bit of confidence throwing the ball."

Reed admitted he has missed being a quarterback, which he played in high school, but said he'll do whatever it takes to help the team.

"I just try to play as hard as I can," he said. "Every other quarterback is just as good, if not better. I just try to do the best I can."

Meyer said the Gators now have a three-quarterback rotation: Reed, junior John Brantley (11-of-18 for 157 yards and two touchdowns) and freshman Trey Burton (six carries for 30 yards).

RAINEY'S BIG DAY: Florida junior Chris Rainey continued to make a significant impact since his seven-game suspension. In his second game back, Rainey had four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown and blocked two punts that led to scores.

The four blocked kicks for his career are tied for the school record with Tim Paulk (1987-91), Sam McCorkle (1992-95) and Carlos Dunlap (2007-09).

Meyer said he's pleased to see Rainey, who in September pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stalking charge, making the most of his second chance — on and off the field.

"He hit rock bottom, and he had one way to go," Meyer said. "I think it's good for him, even beyond football. He's doing much better in school, and the thumb's on him real hard. So his whole work ethic has changed."

SOBERING MOMENT: Vanderbilt TB Zac Stacy was injured and lay motionless on the ground for several moments early in the second quarter. He gave the crowd a peace sign as he was carried off on a cart.

"Zac Stacy is doing great," Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell said after the game. "It seems to be just a concussion."

EASLEY OUT: Freshman DT Dominique Easley did not travel with the Gators. Meyer said the decision was "a lot of reasons," including disciplinary.

Injury report: Junior RB Jeff Demps (sprained left foot) was held out, but Meyer said he expects to have him next week. RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle) and Mike Gillislee (hamstring) returned. Redshirt junior DT Brandon Antwine (shoulder) played for the first time since Oct. 2.

Quarterback/tight Jordan Lee gets major playing time for Florida Gators 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 9:31pm]

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